Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Review

I am a proud owner of several binoculars including Nikon’s Monarch 3 and 5 models. Although I have enjoyed the performance of my Monarch 3 and 5, I could not pass out on the opportunity to compare the two to their pricier cousin the Monarch 7. So on one sunny day in April 2015, I decided to buy myself a pair of Nikon’s Monarch 7 binoculars.

This binocular comes in two variants the 8X42 and the 10X42. In this review, I will be focusing more on the former variant as I have written several Nikon binoculars review on the 10X42 version. Below is my honest Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 review based on what I have observed.

Binoculars Guru's Unbiased Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Review

Compact Design

The main difference I noticed among the three Monarchs is in size. Interestingly, the Monarch 7 is the smallest of the three, while the Monarch 3 is the largest. While all Monarchs have a width of 5.1 inches, the Monarch 3 and Monarch 5 have a length of 6.0 inches and 5.7 inches respectively. In contrast, the Monarch 7 measures 5.5 inches in length. Needless to say, I was surprised at the compactness of the Monarch 7 as compared to its cheaper siblings. The three Monarchs have a rubber exterior that offers exceptional grip, especially during rainy days.

Field of View

Another significant difference among the three is in the field of view. Given that I used to the Monarch 3 and 5’s small field of view, the Monarch 7’s great field of view was a breath of fresh air to me. Compared to its counterparts and other binoculars in its price range, the Monarch 7 has a great field of view. The Monarch 7’s field of view stands at 419.2 ft at 1000 yards. This Monarch 7’s compared to the 330 ft at 1000 yards field of view of both the Monarch 3 and 5.

The optics

A binocular’s optics is vital to its performance. Thus, one of the things I look out for when buying a binocular is the quality of its optics. Given, the great optical performance I had come to expect from my Monarch 3 and 5, I was expecting to be thrilled by the Monarch 7’s performance. And thrill me it did, similar to its counterparts, the Monarch 7 is fitted with high-quality fully multicoated optics. Thus, it produces images rich in details and contrast. Also, its light transmission was second to none in its price segment.

What is it made of?

The Monarch 7 manufactured from the same lightweight polycarbonate material Nikon uses in the making of the other two Monarchs. Covering the binocular’s polycarbonate chassis is a rubber armour that protects it against knocks and bumps. The roof prisms on this binocular are phase corrected and feature a dielectric coating. As with the other two Monarchs, the Monarch 7’s chassis is both water and fog proof.

Pros of Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Review

  • Great field of view
  • Produces high quality, razor sharp images
  • Is compact and lightweight
  • Is an All-Terrain Binocular
  • Is easy to adjust
  • Can adjust to things that are up close
  • Have a rugged construction
  • Is an affordable binocular compared to other binoculars with the same features

Cons of Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Review

  • Some users have complained of the eyecup covers fall off easily
  • The neck strap is not of the best quality

Features of Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Review

  • 8X Magnification
  • 42 mm extra-low dispersion objective lens
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Roof prism design with Dielectric reflective coating
  • Nitrogen filled barrels
  • Polycarbonate body

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does this binocular perform for sporting events?

Answer : Thanks to its amazing field of view, I believe this binocular would also work well for sporting events such as hockey and football.

  • Does Nikon honor the warranty, when the binocular bought on Amazon?

Answer : This Binocular comes with a Nikon lifetime, and there is no reason why Nikon should not honor its warranty when you buy it on Amazon.

  • How does the neck strap attach to this binocular?

Answer : On either side of the binocular are two loops that thread through mounts making it easy to attach any neck strap.


The Nikon Monarch 7 is one of those binoculars that is causing a price shakeup in the optics industry. At its price tag, the Monarch 7 is almost up there with high-end optics. As such, this is binocular that will give you a premium experience without the hefty price tag attached. When I compared it to other binoculars, I found that this binocular is perfect for bird watching. However, it performed exceptionally well as a hunting companion. So if you want a great binocular that will not cost you much, this is binocular for you. It is my hope that this Nikon binoculars review has been of great help.


"Smith is an outdoor enthusiast and Just loves everything about binoculars. Since his childhood he has been a fan of optical gadgets & going into the Jungle with his uncle was his favorite pastime. Besides, He loves watching & studying birds & animals. He is a mechanical engineering graduate and New Jersey Resident. He loves to review binoculars and related optical Instruments and loves testing each one of them." When he is not fiddling with one of his binoculars, you can find him playing his favorite sport Pickleball."

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 2 comments
Gary L - April 28, 2020

Since you wrote this review I believe Nikon have significantly downgraded their warranty on T
the Monarchs. But they are honoring the old Lifetime warranty for people who purchased before the warranty terms changed. Check with Nikon USA

    Smith - May 9, 2020

    Thanks for getting here. I will see and look into the review with my team. Regards


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